Got 15 minutes? Make this show-stopping baked brie recipe with jam and nuts! Serve this warm, runny-centered baked brie, loaded with beautiful toppings and watch it disappear. Add your favorite crackers, or make it the centerpiece of an amazing cheese board!
Be sure to read on for important tips and watch my video for how to make baked brie below!
Why this Baked Brie Recipe Works
One mistake people make when it comes to cheese is that they don’t let it come to room temperature before serving. At room temperature, the aromatics and complex flavors of cheese are much more realized. So much tastier!
This goes for brie as well. Room-temperature brie is soft and creamy, perfect with a little cracker or homemade pita chips–not much else is needed.
But, baked brie? That’s a whole new level of delicious!
Baking brie is a great way to amp up the delicious goo-factor! And even though it’s a mild cheese, baked brie delivers a unique intensity of flavor–not at all overwhelming, but pleasantly complex.
And, if you’re ready to take your baked brie game a few notches up, add your favorite jam, dried fruit, and nuts on top. This creates a great contrast both in flavor and texture.
This show-stopping baked brie recipe comes together in 15 minutes. And you’ll have a beautiful centerpiece everyone will gather around. Who can resist digging in?!
Let me share a few important tips for the best baked brie with jam and nuts…
Tips for How to Make Baked Brie
1- Use a Brie Wheel Not a Wedge
While a wedge of brie will work here, I think a wheel (or round) gives you a bit more of a grand presentation and allows you to load on more of the beautiful toppings.
But, you don’t need to spend the time or money on buying a brie wheel from an expensive cheese shop. Use what you find at your local grocery store; I often buy mine at places like Whole Foods or Costco.
2- Do You Take The Rind Off Brie Before Baking?
Brie rind (or skin) is edible, and it actually does add nuance and complexity of flavor. Many people consider it the best tasting part of the brie. In fact, the French disapprove of removing the rind.
In this baked brie recipe, I do not remove the rind because I need the surface to spread my jam and to add my beautiful nuts and toppings on top.
So, it’s mainly for looks. But it does help keep the wheel of cheese somewhat together, and once you take it out of the oven and slice into it, all the gooey deliciousness oozes out like a nice surprise!
3- Get Creative with Your Brie Toppings
I love to play with texture and flavor, and I often change things up. For my toppings this time, I used fig jam, shelled pistachios, walnut hearts and sliced dry figs.
In place of fig jam, feel free to use honey or orange marmalade. Try different nuts like pecans or hazelnut. Use a different dried fruit like raisins or apricots (but be sure to cut up or slice the dried fruit if they’re big).
Tip: Mix the nuts and dried fruit with a bit of the jam (or honey) to coat them before baking. This prevents them from drying up in the oven.
4- How to Bake Brie?
To bake, I like to place my brie wheel in a small cast iron skillet (affiliate), a ramekin will work as well. Remember to place the skillet or ramekin containing the brie on top of a sheet pan for safe handling (also, to catch any goo).
Brie bakes quickly in a medium-heated oven. I heated my oven to 375 degrees F and the brie baked in less than 10 minutes.
Tip: I’ve heard that over-cooking brie can cause it to re-harden quickly, so I do watch my brie wheel as it bakes, and once I see it’s edges collapsing just enough–maybe some goo starts to peek a little–I know it’s done.
5- Let the Brie Sit for 5 Minutes Before Slicing Through
Once baked, let brie sit for 5 minutes before slicing so it settles nicely and so it’s not scorching hot.
How to Serve Baked Brie?
Baked brie is most enjoyed warm out of the oven. To make sure I serve the best baked brie, I often prepare the brie with all the toppings, but will place it in the oven just before company arrives.
To serve, you can simply place the baked brie on a small board with crackers. But if you want to take things up to the next level, add this baked brie as the centerpiece to a larger cheese board like this one here.
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Got 15-minutes? Make this show-stopping baked brie recipe with jam and nuts! Serve it with crackers or make it the centerpiece of a larger cheese board!
- 3 tbsp fig jam or honey, divided
- 1/4 cup to 1/3 cup dried mission figs, sliced
- 1/4 cup to 1/3 cup shelled pistachios, roughly chopped
- 1/4 cup to 1/3 cup walnut hearts, roughly chopped
- 13-oz round French brie
- Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.
- Place the fig jam in a microwave-safe dish. Microwave for 30 seconds to soften.
- In a small bowl, combine the sliced dried figs with the nuts. Add half of the fig jam and mix well to coat the nut mixture.
- Place the round of brie in a small cast iron skillet or oven-safe dish. Using a small knife, coat the brie with the remainder of the jam (or honey.)
- Top the brie with the fig and nut mixture.
- Place brie skillet or dish on top of a baking sheet. Bake in 375 degree F-heated oven for 10 minutes (or until brie softens well).
- Remove from oven and let brie sit for 5 minutes. Serve warm with your favorite crackers!
- Pro-Tip: It’s best to keep the brie rind (skin) on for this recipe, brie rind is perfectly edible and it holds everything well together. And you do not need an expensive brie wheel from your local grocery store. This recipe works just as well as what you’d buy at an expensive cheese store
- Change up the toppings to your liking. If fig jam is not available to you, you can use honey, apricot jam, or orange marmalade. I like walnut hearts and pistachios here, but you can also change those up using pecans, almonds, or other nuts you like. Same with the dried figs, other dry fruit like apricots, cranberries or raisins will work.
- Pro-Tip for Safe Handling: Always place the dish holding the brie on top of a sheet pan or baking sheet. This will help you easily remove the baked brie from the warm oven, and it will also catch any falling toppings/nuts or oozing cheese.
- Important: let baked brie sit for 5 minutes or so, do not serve scorching hot brie.
- To serve: you can add this baked brie as the centerpiece of a larger cheese board like this one. to settle before slicing or pocking at it.
- Category: Appetizer
- Method: Baked
- Cuisine: French
Keywords: Baked Brie, Baked Brie Recipe, Baked Brie with Jam and Nuts
*This post first appeared on The Mediterranean Dish in 2015 and been updated with new information for readers’ benefit. Enjoy!